Formula 1

Grosjean Admits he was ‘Lucky’ to Avoid Stroll Crash in Q1

1 Mins read
Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Romain Grosjean continued to struggle during the United States Grand Prix weekend, but the Frenchman at least made it through to Q2 on Saturday, although he was lucky not to crash after coming across a slow-running Lance Stroll whilst on his first quick lap.

The Haas F1 Team has not enjoyed their second home Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas so far, and Grosjean will start twelfth on the grid thanks to grid penalties for Max Verstappen and Stoffel Vandoorne, but after taking evading action around Stroll early in Q1, he was lucky not to end his session there and then.

Grosjean feels the struggles the team have generally been having with their VF17 this weekend seem to be tyre-related, and he hopes things can improve on Sunday so he can bring the team some points at home.

“It’s been a tough weekend up to qualifying,” said Grosjean. “I hadn’t run any Ultrasofts before qualifying. Yesterday we broke a part on a quali run, and today I spun in FP3 before I could try them.

“The incident with Lance Stroll was unexpected, and pretty close. I was lucky not to spin on the grass, which would’ve been a disaster. It would’ve been the end of qualifying.

“We went through to Q2, which was good as it was the maximum we had in the car. We pushed really hard and closed the gap from seven tenths to two tenths to the guys in front, but we still haven’t really been performing well this weekend.

“I think it’s more tyre related, and that’s where we’ve got such a strong swing of performance. We need to get on top of that. Hopefully, we can give the fans something special for tomorrow.”

13729 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton: Post-race disqualification “doesn't take away from the progress we've made”

2 Mins read
Lewis Hamilton was disqualified from the United States Grand Prix due to a technical regulation violation, and lost out on a second place result.
Formula 1

Max Verstappen takes 50th Grand Prix victory in Austin

2 Mins read
Verstappen led a charging Hamilton to take the win at the United States Grand Prix after struggling under braking throughout the race.
Formula 1

McLaren’s Andrea Stella: “We must remain with our feet on the ground” after double podium in Qatar

1 Mins read
McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella reflects on a “very strong” weekend in Qatar, with a double podium result and record-breaking pit stop.